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The Southern Historical Society--a statement and an appeal.

This Society which was organized in New Orleans, in 1869, and reorganized at the Montgomery White Sulphur Springs in August, 1873, has been doing a most important work in collecting, publishing, and preserving invaluable material for the future historian. Already its collection contains well-nigh everything necessary to a true history of the late war, and much that pertains to the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil history of the country, and especially of the South.

But the Executive Committee are exceedingly anxious to continue their work on an enlarged scale, and to prosecute yet more vigorously the great objects of the Society. Without the means of purchasing a book, or paying for a manuscript, the [383] Society has obtained by the voluntary contributions of its friends, a collection which has a very large pecuniary value, but which is beyond price in real historic value.

The time has come, however, when we must have a larger income to meet the necessary expense of carrying on our work, and the committee have ordered a special effort to be made to raise by the 1st of November at least $2,000, to meet a pressing need, and also a fund for permanent endowment, which shall be safely invested and only the interest used for the annual wants of the Society.

We do not propose to make a general appeal to the masses of our people, but have selected a number of gentlemen whom we regard as both able and willing to help us, and to whom we shall send this statement and make a personal application.

Our friends can help us in one or more of the following ways:

1. Make us a contribution, large or small, to our permanent endowment fund. We really do not know how better some one of large means could invest money for coming years and hand his name down to posterity as a public benefactor than by linking it with this effort to preserve the history of our people. We know of no better investment for even a small amount. We have already the promise of $2,500 on condition that we raise as much as $10,000, and surely we shall be able to meet this condition.

2. Make us a contribution towards raising the fund of $2,000 by the 1st of November. Can we not find enough friends who will give $100, $50, $20, $10, or less, to complete this fund at once? If you can send only $1, please send that.

3. Become a Life Member of the Society, which you can do by paying the sum of $50, and which will entitle you to all future publications of the Society without additional fee. To any one sending the fee before the 1st of November we will also send a set of back numbers.

4. Buy the back volumes of Southern Historical Society Papers, a set of which up to January, 1881, we can furnish for $13.50 unbound.

5. Send us a list of names of those who would be likely to help us in any of the above ways.

We beg your early attention and prompt response to this appeal.

By order of the Executive Committee,


N. B.--The following gentlemen compose the officers and Executive Committee of the Society:

President of Parent Society--General J. A. Early, of Virginia; Vice-President--Hon. R. M. T. Hunter, of Virginia; Secretary and Treasurer--Rev. Dr. J. William Jones, Richmond, Va.

Executive Committee--General D. H. Maury, chairman; Colonel Archer Anderson, Major Robt Stiles, Colonel George W. Munford, Colonel William H. Palmer, Colonel R. L. Maury, Captain A. M. Keiley, Rev. Dr. J. L. M. Curry, Rev. Dr. M. D. Hoge, Rev. Dr. A. W. Weddell, Major C. S. Stringfellow, and Rev. Dr. J. William Jones, of Richmond; Colonel Walter H. Taylor and Captain Theo. S. Garnett, of Norfolk; Colonel Thomas H. Carter, of King William county, Va.; Colonel R. E. Withers, of Wytheville; Colonel William Preston Johnston, of Baton Rouge,La.; Colonel R. H. Dulaney, of Loudoun county, Va.; General Eppa Hunton and General William H. Payne, of Warrenton, Va.; and General G. W. C. Lee, of Lexington, Va. [384]

Vice-Presidents of States--General I. R. Trimble, Maryland; Governor Z. B. Vance, of North Carolina; General M. C. Butler, of South Carolina; General A H. Colquitt, of Georgia; General E. W. Pettus, of Alabama; Colonel W. Call, of Florida; General Wm. T. Martin, of Mississippi; Rev. B. M. Palmer, D. D., of Louisiana; Colonel T. M. Jack, of Texas; Hon. A. H. Garland, of Arkansas; Governor Isham G. Harris, of Tennessee; General J. S. Marmaduke, of Missouri; General Wm. Preston, of Kentucky; and W. W. Corcoran, Esq., of District of Columbia.

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